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Starlite Budget Inns
Ranked #21 of 41 Hotels in Mackinaw City
Detroit, Michigan
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Pleasantly surprised”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2012

Booked this for Labor Day weekend primarily for the cheaper price ($140). Rooms were decent and clean; we had a patio with 2 chairs. Also on the property were picnic tables, wooden swing, playground area (swings, slide, sand area, basketball hoop).

Breakfast was included but it was nothing to write home about (bagels, biscuits and gravy, instant oatmeal, cereal, juice, and coffee).

Walking distance to gas station and souvenier shop, also to the main strip with the restaurants and other hotels. Free shuttle to the Star Line Dock to go to Mackinac Island, but the motel is within walking distance (about 15 min.).

My niece enjoyed the patio, my nephew enjoyed the basketball hoop, and my sister is already talking about coming back next year.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012 via mobile

Clean and very quite. Owner made sure everything was perfect. We would stay there again. The rate was great for our budget. It is very close to downtown. Without all the foot traffic of the downtown hotels. This is the place you need to stay.

  • Stayed August 2012
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Place was very quiet and my husband and I slept well, even though there were children right next door, but air conditioner was old and didn't run at night. Luckily the temps were fairly mild for the two nights we stayed there, otherwise we would have been miserable. Also had a problem with the drapes. They were falling down and had to be propped up. Complained to the front desk about them, and was told they would be fixed, but it didn't happen during our stay (and I'm betting it won't get fixed this season). There were lots of cobwebs in the drapes. That said, I still would go back there in a pinch. It was a great value compared to surrounding properties.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

for 49 dollars a night, this place was awesome! VERY clean, VERY friendly, and just all around great value, HIGHLY recommend! we are very happy with it here, a little outside of town, but a short drive to the beach.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

We booked this motel because we had coupons for the casino, however when we checked in and mentioned the casino coupons, we were told they had no idea what we were talking about ; although we still had the pamphlet which clearly stated we were owed $50 in vouchers. None the less we dropped the issue.
The motel was fairly close to the main strip. We took a free shuttle from the motel to the ferry and back, which worked out nicely for us.
The continental breakfast was quite poor. We woke up early to eat, but even so found there was very little food left. All the juice was gone, as well as peanut butter and cream cheese; we were left with few options.
The rooms were quite dated but fairly clean. The staff was very friendly and accommodating.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

Great value. We stayed two nights. I would stay here again and recommend it to others. It was clean and quiet. Close to many things. We mostly walked to where we wanted to go. Only a few steps from your car to your room for very easy and convenient unloading and loading. Bonnie was very helpful and receptive. Nice breakfast. My kids and I enjoyed our stay.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
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Leavenworth, Kansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

We planned to stay in Traverse City and take the scenic route to Mackinaw City the next day, but when we went to book reservations in Traverse City, the lowest rate we were quoted was $135 with others rapidly going over $200! Before accepting those prices we decided to check the rates here in Mackinaw City. Since it is obviously a tourist town, we expected the rates to be similarly high. We were pleased to find that rates in general, were significantly lower and in fact had put a hold on a room at the Americas Best Value which is next door to the Starlite, but the Starlite sign said "Guranteed lowest rates" so I had to check it out!

Not only were the rates lower at the Starlite, but the room was bigger, cleaner and nicer than next door. So instead of spending one night as we had originally planned, we spent two and were very pleased. True, the refrigerator and air conditioner were not on when we got to the room, but saving energy on appliances that aren't being used anyway is not offensive to me. We turned them on and by the time we returned from dinner everything was fine.

Finally, I'd like to say that Bonnie, the hostess, was very pleasant, outgoing and helpful. Our experience at the Starlite may well have been the most pleasant surprise of our trip. We would definately recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Additional Information about Starlite Budget Inns

Property: Starlite Budget Inns
Address: 116 Old US 31, Mackinaw City, MI 49701-9652
Location: United States > Michigan > Cheboygan County > Mackinaw City
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #21 of 41 Hotels in Mackinaw City
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Starlite Budget Inns 2*
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Up-north hospitality at an affordable price. Close to downtown, entertainment, shopping, restaurant, island ferries and Mackinaw bridge. Free breakfast, playground, heated pool, jacuzzi and many other amenities. ... more   less 
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